Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan
The lineup for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan is taking shape with a slew of new additions.
UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC officials recently added a handful of new matchups to the overseas card.
The biggest official addition is a previously reported fight between Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s No. 2 in the MMA women’s strawweight rankings, and No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).
Also on the card, welterweight Hyun Gyu Lim (13-6-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who’s in a must-win situation due to his current 1-3 skid, meets undefeated promotional newcomer and Pancrase vet Daichi Abe (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Additionally, welterweight Alex Morono (13-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), whose recent loss to Niko Price was overturned when his opponent failed a drug test due to marijuana, now puts his seven-fight winning streak on the line against Keita Nakamura (32-8-2 MMA, 2-5 UFC), a 14-year vet who’s 2-2 in his third and most recent UFC stint.
Also on the card are two featherweight bouts: Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card now includes:
- Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
- Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
- Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
- Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
- Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
- Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
- Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
- Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa